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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
City Leaf Collection Season Begins
November 1, 2013 - The City of Knoxville's annual "Leaf Season" begins this month. Public Service Department crews will be visiting the city's neighborhoods to vacuum leaves between now and February 2014.

Leaf collection season officially begins Nov. 1st and concludes Feb. 1st each year, although crews already have collected leaves during the brush collection cycles in October. During this period, the normal two-week brush schedule is suspended as resources are concentrated on collecting leaves. Collection schedules vary heavily during the season based on tree density, age and type; weather events; topography; and several other factors. Schedules are adjusted by managers in the field on a weekly basis.

Click Here for Leaf Pickup ScheduleKnoxville residents can find out when their leaves will be picked up by visiting http://secure.cityofknoxville.org/cityservices or clicking on the "Leaf Pickup Schedule" icon on the right side of the page. The schedules are done on a weekly basis, dated Monday of the week when City crews will be in those neighborhoods. Further information is also available by calling 311.

The City uses trucks equipped with suction devices to vacuum up leaves, which need to be raked to within 5 feet of the curb for pickup.

Please do not rake leaves into the street, and try not to block drainage ditches. Also, please don't mix brush in with leaf piles.

The City will not pick up mixed piles of leaves, brush, or other refuse because the leaf collection equipment is designed to vacuum up leaves and can be damaged by brush.

Brush collection will continue during November, December and January but it is done on a limited basis, as resources are available.

For more information about leaf collection season, including how the City handles bagged leaves, please go to http://www.cityofknoxville.org/solidwaste/leaf.asp.
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